Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Old Disney Cartoon Slams Standardized Tests

I watched Disney’s Fillmore back when I was entering high school. Even as someone outside of the show’s targeted age range, I managed to find the show rather entertaining. It was a Disney show that was cut short before its time, and if Mr. Enter’s recent admirable animation review is any indicator, it was also a show ahead of its time in terms of social commentary, especially with the American education system:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Shameless Plug Saturday: Adorkable Rachel

Yes, I know today isn’t Saturday. It’s Tuesday. And you know what that means? A new episode of ABC's The Muppets! Have you seen their new series? Do you like it? Even if you don’t, you probably love the Muppet characters themselves. Who doesn’t love the Muppets? Everyone loves them. And if there’s one fan on the internet who absolutely loves them, it’s this week’s feature: Adorkable Rachel.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Old School Nick Returns With The Splat!

Do you miss Nickelodeon's old shows from the 90s? Rugrats? Hey Arnold? Rocko's Modern Life? All That? Kenan And Kel?

How is that even a question at this point? Of course you do! Any self-respecting 90s kid does--which is why Nick is bringing back those old shows with The Splat!, a new programming block to start airing next week.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Good Burger

Before he started performing sketch comedy as an adult on Saturday Night Live, Kenan Thompson was performing sketch comedy as a teenager on All That!, one of the best comedy shows on Nickelodeon back in the 90s. I would even say that some of the old sketches from All That! vastly surpass those currently being performed on SNL! Then again, it’s been a good decade since I’ve even watched SNL. Who even watches that show anymore?

Anyway, Kenan Thompson and his All That! co-star, Kel Mitchell, recently reunited on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to reprise their former acting roles to perform a new act of a classic sketch, Good Burger!

Monday, September 21, 2015

SU Recap: Sadie's Song

The very few minutes of watching this episode, I thought it was going to be yet another “Filli Vanilli” episode. You know the one I mean: character has impeccable talent. Other characters notice. They urge her to share her talent with others. The character is too shy to do so, and inevitably has to battle with stage fright. The other characters urge her on to overcome her stage fright. She performs. The audience loves her. And everyone is happier because of it.

Well, this episode managed to defy my expectations. I won’t say it’s the best episode, but it is a better episode for taking tired tropes concerning this subject and completely turning them on their head. Oh, and they also do the same for gender roles. Have deeper respect for them because of that as well. Overall, it’s a sweet little episode with a new twist on an old plot.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Shameless Plug Saturday: Doggans

Summer may be long over, but I can’t stop thinking about vacation. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with theme park reviewers. Maybe it’s because they serve as breathes of fresh air from the run-of-the-mill game and movie reviewers. Maybe it’s because I love theme parks, and thus love hearing other people geeking out over them. Either way, theme park reviewers are my newest obsession at the moment.

I would have used this post to feature Some Jerk With A Camera, but he’s a man who doesn’t need any promotion. Seriously! He has his content featured on Channel Awesome, Geekvision, and Mr. Coat And Friends. He doesn’t need any more publicity. The reviewer I have featured today, on the other hand, isn’t as well known, and could use the added publicity: Doggans.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

SU Recaps: Nightmare Hospital

Doesn’t it seem like a tired trope how most kids shows whose protagonists have magic or superpowers always keeps them secret from their parents. Spiderman. Jake Long. Danny Phantom. All of them save the day from bad guys, yet they never bother telling their parents? Wouldn’t it be easier on them if they were simply upfront with them? It worked for Kim Possible and Ben Tennyson, and it seems like the creators of Steven Universe took a hint.

Sooner or later, no matter how much Connie wanted to hide Steven and his secret gem stuff from her family, especially with her recent sword training under Pearl, she would inevitably have to let her parents know about it. There was no way she could hide it forever, and I couldn’t think of any better episode for her to come clean than this one. It had just the right levels of suspense and action—and the feels. Of course, the feels!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Pony Recap: Do Princesses Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Aside from offering yet another surreal journey into the subconscious world of dreams (while throwing in a bunch of references and cameos that were left out of Slice of Life), this episode adds yet another layer to Princess Luna’s character.

For the past five seasons, most fans have wondered how a mare such as herself can easily transform from evil Nightmare Moon to kindly Princess Luna. Surely, she would have a much tougher time transitioning back to her normal life. Surely, she would have some emotional and psychological struggles overcoming her former dark side.

And this episode shows just that.

Apparently, she had been so straddled with guilt over her past sins that she created an eldritch abomination just to punish her in her dreams for it—an abomination that inevitably spawned its own intention of, you guessed it, trying to take over Equestria. (Of course!) Seeing Luna come to terms with her former self and overcome what she used to be made for a rather entertaining, if not enlightening episode—but of course, most of us enjoyed it to the fan call-outs and references! (You just can’t beat Filthy Rich surfing on a wave of money!)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Shameless Plug Saturday: Kid Camp 2014 “Dream Along With Mickey”

For these posts, I usually highlight underrated yet high quality content on the web. This time around, I’m showcasing something not-so high quality, but for good reason and cause.

Friday, September 11, 2015

9/11: Never Forget, Never Be Exploited

Don’t really have anything special (read: uber-patriotic) for this September 11. Instead, I’m simply going to share this video that Shane Killian created for his podcast:

This commentary remains just as relevant today as it did four years ago. I’d dare say that this commentary would have been equally as relevant had it aired the exact day after the attacks. Always remember what happened on that fateful day, but do not allow politicians and pundit to exploit your memory of it for their own personal gains.

Daily Pony: Princess Celestabellebethabelle

If you don't know who the unicorn in the portrait is, then go watch the latest episode of Gravity Falls. Don't let it sully the identity of unicorns, though. We can only assume that Gravity Falls is where unicorns are banished from Equestria for being too much like "jerks." Besides, the only magic they can do with their horns is point north and play rave music. (How has Vinyl Scratch not mastered that spell yet?!)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Steven Bomb Three Mini-Caps

Of the previous three Steven Bombs, the third one had to be the best thus far, more than anything because of its overall story arc and careful attention to character development. Rather than recap each individual episode, I'm simply going to briefly recap them all in one post. As Sardonyx would say: on with the show!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Taking Down The Rainbow Icon

For all of you who have been complaining about my rainbow pride icon (especially since it’s been months since everyone else has stopped celebrating the legalization of gay marriage), I’ve decided to finally take it down.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Fan Art Friday, Vol. 7

I want to be the very best, that no one ever was; to catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause. Yes, once again, this Fan Art Friday once again contains Pokemon fanart—only this time around, its Pokemon crossed over with other franchises I’m currently following. So make sure that you’re a boy or a girl, because we’re about to set foot into the Pokemon world—reimagined!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday: G-R-A-V-I-T-Y

Recently, I’ve been binging on Bill Nye the Science Guy on Netflix. I’m still surprised to see how well this program has held up, even after all these years. You put this back on television and children would still be able to enjoy it (while also being educated, which is a rare combination!).

Even the music videos, what with them being over 20 years old, still hold up today. If anything, their cheese factor make them even more timeless. While some of them were parodies of old(er) songs, others like this were tributes to 90s culture:

Daily Stevie: Do It Like A Dewey

Apparently, Mayor Dewey was so impressed by Jamie’s play in “Historical Friction” that he’s willing to fund a blockbuster movie. Of course, it’s about him, and he wants to be the main lead, with a certain “bird mom” as the main female lead. Her face perfectly reveals her thoughts on the matter.

Daily Bungle and S&A Tumblr Blogs

Both The Daily Bungle and Statist And Anarchist are now on Tumblr. New articles and cartoons will be uploaded around their scheduled time (Wednesday and Sunday respectively), with older comics and satire being published on Throwback Thursday. If you love wisecracking satirical articles and political cartoons, then be sure to follow both blogs, and reblog and fave the content you enjoy the most.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Daily Pony: Talk of Generations

Bonnie Zacherle created My Little Pony. Lauren Faust perfected it. Both talented, creative women are going to be attending the same convention. Who knows what the two would talk about if they crossed paths?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Daily Stevie: Miley, What's Good?

Quite frankly, I couldn't care less about Miley Cyrus' and Niki Minaj's petty live television spat (because I don't give a flying feather about celebrity drama), but if one good thing came out of it, it was fan art featuring Sugalite like this:

Daily Pony: Elegant Creatures

Hmm. We have several princesses here floating in the water like swans. Princess. Swan. Oh Celestia! I know there's a pun to be made here, but I just can't think of it. Oh well! They're simply beautiful and nothing else!